How to Build a Pot Rack

Make a really cool pot hanger using very inexpensive, readily available items.

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How to Build a Pot Rack
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My daughter saw a cool hanging pot rack that she really liked and asked if I could make something similar. Why not? Let's give it a try.

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The neat thing about this project is that you can modify it anyway you like. Make it bigger or smaller. Totally up to you. The rack she saw costs $260. I spent about $30 on materials.

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This is the pic that gave here the idea.

This is the pic that gave here the idea.

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First, we got a standard cookie rack from Target. Around $5.00. I trimmed the side pieces off with a grinder. You can use bolt cutters or a hack saw.

First, we got a standard cookie rack from Target. Around $5.00. I trimmed the side pieces off with a grinder. You can use bolt cutters or a hack saw.

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Then I measured for the outside length & width.

Then I measured for the outside length & width.

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I made my cuts for the outer frame on a 45 degree angle with my mitre saw. You don't really have to do 45s if you don't have a mitre box or saw. You can just butt connect the joints.

I made my cuts for the outer frame on a 45 degree angle with my mitre saw. You don't really have to do 45s if you don't have a mitre box or saw. You can just butt connect the joints.

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I then measured for the side pieces.

I then measured for the side pieces.

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They need to be just about 20 1/4". I then cut the side pieces to that length.

They need to be just about 20 1/4". I then cut the side pieces to that length.

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Once I had the frame together (but not glued or nailed yet) I made marks for the holes that will actually hold the rack in place. Look back at step 3 and you'll see that I needed 4 holes on each side.

Once I had the frame together (but not glued or nailed yet) I made marks for the holes that will actually hold the rack in place. Look back at step 3 and you'll see that I needed 4 holes on each side.

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After drilling the holes, I began to put the frame together. I used frame clamps and wood glue. I then nailed 3 of the pieces together. I used my pneumatic nailer, but hammer & nails will work too.

After drilling the holes, I began to put the frame together. I used frame clamps and wood glue. I then nailed 3 of the pieces together. I used my pneumatic nailer, but hammer & nails will work too.

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Then I placed the rack in the partially done frame, and then I nailed the last frame piece on. Here's what the almost finished rack looks like.

Then I placed the rack in the partially done frame, and then I nailed the last frame piece on. Here's what the almost finished rack looks like.

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Cut yourchains to length. Cut 4 chains to hang the rack, and then as many or as few as you need to hang your pots. Then attach hooks to each end. I cut 4 pieces 13" long and then several 4" long.

Cut yourchains to length. Cut 4 chains to hang the rack, and then as many or as few as you need to hang your pots. Then attach hooks to each end. I cut 4 pieces 13" long and then several 4" long.

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Then use pliers to close the hooks. Note: I closed both ends on my longer chains to hang the rack.

Then use pliers to close the hooks. Note: I closed both ends on my longer chains to hang the rack.

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Here's one with one closed end.

Here's one with one closed end.

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Here's a double closed end.

Here's a double closed end.

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Next I added a simple hanger. Rather than use the hardware provided with the hanger, I used a longer machine screw so I could attach the chain we'll use to hang the rack.

Next I added a simple hanger. Rather than use the hardware provided with the hanger, I used a longer machine screw so I could attach the chain we'll use to hang the rack.

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Here's the back side. My screws are too long but I'm going to cut them off later.

Here's the back side. My screws are too long but I'm going to cut them off later.

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Then I just added a drawer pull (mainly for looks, but it can also be used to hang pots.

Then I just added a drawer pull (mainly for looks, but it can also be used to hang pots.

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Done, hung and in use.

Done, hung and in use.

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